London Bridge is Fallingby Michael Oram | March 9, 2017, 9:43 PM ET
With the trade deadline fast approaching and the Monarchs mired in their worst stretch of hockey this season, their top player out until the playoffs (if they make it), the team finds itself plummeting in the standings. Now with 20 games remaining London sees itself only 5 points up on 9th place yet they remain only 5 points back of division leader Havana.
This puts the team in a predicament. Do they load up and make a run for the playoffs? Or do they cut their losses, sell now, and retool for next year?
With the rumours circling the team it appears they are leaning towards the sell option. So, who are the candidates to be traded? What value can they bring contenders? We take a look at the London Monarchs trade bait.
Jarret Stoll. C/RW. Pending UFA.
Only 5 players in the league have a faceoff rating 93 and higher along with a defensive rating of 91. Stoll is amongst that group. He is the ideal shutdown forward for any team looking to go on a long post-season run and can bring an instant boost to any penalty kill in the league. As an added bonus, he’s pretty good on penalty shots too as teams look to cash in some bonus points on the stretch drive.
Alex Tanguay. LW/RW. Announced Retirement.
Tanguay brings leadership and experience to any team’s forward corps. A reliable asset on any team that can play anywhere in the forward rotation, ideal as injuries mount on those long playoff runs.
Pascal Dupuis. LW/RW. Announced Retirement.
Although healthy now Dupuis is retiring at seasons end due to non-hockey related health issues. He wants a third championship before he goes. He can bring championship calibre leadership and experience along with his smooth skating style and defensive awareness to any lineup.
Kevin Bieksa. D. Pending UFA.
A well-rounded defender who can throw the big hit when needed. Bieksa’s veteran presence can round out any defensive group in the league adding much needed leadership, grit, and defensive ability.
Jonathan Ericsson. D. Pending UFA.
Like Bieksa, Ericsson can be a stabilizing presence on any top 6 defensive group in the league. He doesn’t shy away from big minutes but is also content filling in as a number 6 d-man. Everyone knows you can’t have too much defensive depth in the playoffs and Ericsson knows that he will get his shot to earn his ice time no matter what team he is on.
The rumored asking price for these players is combinations of draft picks (either 2017 or 2018), prospects, or young players (under the age of 26). But like any team this time of year, they are open to creative options.
One thing we do know for certain is that, despite calls from several GMs, Alex Ovechkin will NOT be traded and will be receiving the Franchise Tag during the offseason.